Shopping in the Turks and Caicos

You don't have to search too hard to find a great deal in Turks and Caicos

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Traditionally, Turks and Caicos has not been known as a top shopping destination. Smart shoppers, however, know that government policies have made the islands a great place to get a deal.

Gifts and Souvenirs

Turks and Caicos is one of the few countries in which visitors may export conch shells. Each person is allowed to bring home up to three conch shells with them.

Products made by locals are great finds, and wonderful souvenirs to bring home. You can find gallery upon gallery filled with artwork by island artists, as well as beaded jewelry, conch shell jewelry, woven accessories, pottery, handmade dolls, and tinkling wind chimes.

Rum and coffee made on the island are also popular souvenir choices. Be on the look out for Bambarra rum and A Taste of Island Time coffee. Turks Head beer from the only micro-brewery in the country is another great find.

If you're hoping to find some souvenirs or gifts consider heading to Turquoise Duty Free Shops, which is located in western the Turks and Caicos. U.S. residents are allowed to return home from Turks and Caicos with two liters of liquor, and with its location right in the air port, Turquoise will make sure that happens. Guests will be able to find them on Leeward Highway.

A second option is Island Thyme Gift Shop, which is found 74.6 mi. (120.1 km) from Turquoise Duty Free Shops. Turn bath time into something truly special with any of the bath products created by Salt Cay Salt Works. These include bath salts, soaps, and salt scrubs in various soothing scents.

Still another option is Dizzy Donkey. Dizzy Donkey provides adorable island gifts for visitors to bring home for themselves or a loved one. Visitors can call them at (649) 232-1439.

The table below has more information on the 7 gift and souvenir shops located in the Turks and Caicos.

Gifts and Souvenirs In the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Beachcomber Gift and Souvenir Shops -- Salt Cay Salt Cay
Dizzy Donkey Gift and Souvenir Shops (649) 232-1439 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Island Thyme Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops -- 0.6 mi. North of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay
Mar Azul Bazar Gift and Souvenir Shops -- 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Nell's Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (649) 941-3228 1.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
The Crystal And Gift Gallery Gift and Souvenir Shops (649) 941-8080 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Turquoise Duty Free Shops Duty Free Store (649) 946-4658 2.1 mi. South of Central Blue Hills Providenciales

Specialty Shops

One of the interesting specialty retailers in the area is Dive Provo Boutique. They're found within Grace Bay, the Turks and Caicos. As a PADI certified 5-Star dive resort, you can bet Dive Provo offers a full range of training courses. Discover Scuba is the first step, including a shallow reef dive. They're located on Grace Bay Road.

A second option is Bruno Fine Arts, which is located mi. ( km) to the of Dive Provo Boutique. The international publishing house Bruno Art Group has an art gallery on the island of Grand Turk, where Israeli, European, and International art work is on display to view and for sale. Bruno Fine Arts is dedicated to selling only fine artwork of high value. To reach them, call (649) 946-1739.

Royal Jewels: Shop in the heart of luxury by choosing Royal Jewels for all of your duty free shopping needs. A family owned business for over three decades, Royal Jewels can also say that they have served royalty and heads of state to great review. If you want to call in advance, you can do so at (649) 946-4699.

Take a moment to look through the following table for more information about specialty shops serving the Turks and Caicos.

Specialty Shops In the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Blue The Surf & Kite Shop Surfing Gear Store (649) 941-8670 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Bruno Fine Arts Art Gallery (649) 946-1739 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Caicos Cyclery Shop Bicycle Shop (649) 941-7544 Grace Bay, Western part of the Turks and Caicos Providenciales
Diamonds International Grand Turk Jewelry Store (649) 946-1349 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Dive Provo Boutique Dive Shop (649) 946-5040 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Goldsmith Duty Free Jewelry Store (649) 941-5599 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Island Sportique Sporting Goods Store (649) 941-8233 0.3 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Just Jais Providenciales Airport Jewelry Store (649) 941-4513 2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Just Jais Regent Village Jewelry Store (649) 941-4324 2.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Milano 29 Jewelry Store (649) 946-2276 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
One Stop Sporting Shop Sporting Goods Store (649) 241-8121 0.2 mi. South of Central Boton North Caicos
Paradise Arts Art Gallery (649) 941-3014 0.4 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Royal Jewels Jewelry Store (649) 946-4699 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales

Food and Grocery

Need to pick up some food supplies? The Wine Cellar is located in western the Turks and Caicos. Browse their extensive offerings from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors will find them on Leeward Highway.

A second place to consider is Graceway Iga Supermarket, which is found less than a mile to the east of The Wine Cellar. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The property is located on Leeward Highway.

Be sure to look at the following table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Caicos Seafoods Fish and Seafood Market (649) 946-3259 South Caicos South Caicos
Graceway Gourmet Grocery Store (649) 333-5000 0.3 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Graceway Iga Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-5000 2.7 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Island Pride Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-3329 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Max's Mini Mart Grocery Store (649) 941-8991 2.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Quality Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-7929 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Re-Store Nutrition and Body Care Store (649) 941-8394 0.3 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Seaview Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 946-3245 South Caicos South Caicos
The Wine Cellar Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-4536 3.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales

Other Retail

The following table offers some key facts regarding 15 other shopping locations in the Turks and Caicos.

Other Types of Shopping In the Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location
Blue The Surf & Kite Shop Surfing Gear Store (649) 941-8670 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
Do It Center Hardware and Tool Stores -- 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills
Flamingo Pharmacy Drug Store (649) 941-4527 2.6 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
Island Sportique Sporting Goods Store (649) 941-8233 0.3 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
KB Home Center Hardware and Tool Stores (649) 339-4663 2.5 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills
Market Place Shopping Center (649) 941-5880 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills
One Stop Sporting Shop Sporting Goods Store (649) 241-8121 0.2 mi. South of Central Boton
Partyland Turks and Caicos Party Supply (649) 941-3721 2.7 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
Re-Store Nutrition and Body Care Store (649) 941-8394 0.3 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
Salt Mills Plaza Shopping Center (649) 946-4238 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
Seatopia Discount and Variety Store (649) 941-3356 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills
Shops of Ports of Call Shopping Center (888) 678-3483 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay
The Bight Cultural Market Shopping Center -- 2.0 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay
The Regent Village Shopping Center (649) 941-4400 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay
The Unicorn Bookstore Book Store (649) 941-5458 2.6 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay

Duties, Taxes, and Other Tips

Turks and Caicos is one of the few countries in the Caribbean at which you can not only shop duty free at many locations, but, avoid sales taxes and luxury taxes all together. U.S. visitors who stay on the islands for more than 48 hours are permitted to bring up to $800(USD) worth of duty free product home with them, such as cameras, china, cigars, crystal, perfume, jewelery, liquor and watches. Those who stay less than 48 hours are permitted up to $200(USD) worth of products. Rules for Canadians are slightly different, who must stay for a week before they can return home with $750(USD) worth of products, though after 48 hours they may bring home up to $400(USD) worth of items. You can find duty free shops in the airport, the lobbies of many hotels, and throughout the rest of the country.

The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the U.S Dollar (USD), making it easy for American visitors to shop. Buisiness hours typically run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Sundays, when most shops stay closed for the day.

Whether it be a hand-printed fabric, a sampling of your favorite local drink, or some home décor, you definitely do not want to leave Turks and Caicos empty handed.

 

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